How many times have you had a conversation with someone where the words “I don’t enjoy my job” (or something similar) have come out of your mouth? If this is the case, you’re on the same side as almost one billion full-time workers. According to a global poll only 15% of them are engaged at work. As in stimulated. As in digging what they’re doing. Those numbers are low friends, frighteningly low.
So why don’t we all pack it up, throw our picture frame and desk fern into a box and find something else to do? Well, financial instability and risk come into play, as does general fear of the new and what’s termed ‘golden handcuffs’ which means your benefits, retirement package, medical aid etc are so good that you’ll endure work unhappiness just to keep them… And since all these reasons exist – and they’re real for a lot of people – we’d like to advocate for an alternative.
Don’t leave the job you don’t enjoy. Find joy in the job you have. This feels like what you’d find inside a fortune cookie but read on and we’ll use some research to back up this fortune-cookie claim.